Common abbreviations used in editing

I’m often asked the meaning of abbreviations used when we’re talking about editing books. These are some of the more common:

Abbreviations Used in Editing

  • AE = acquisitions editor (usually your contact person when working for publishers)
  • CE = copy editor/copyediting
  • DE = developmental editor/developmental editing, sometimes referred to as “dev”
  • ms = manuscript
  • mss = manuscripts
  • WIP = work-in-progress

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